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Arsenal considering Youri Tielemans

Arsenal are actively considering a move for Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans whose contract expires in 2023. The Belgian international has failed to agree a new deal and has 18 months left on his existing contract.

CBS journalist Ben Jacobs reports that the Gunners are considering a move which could see him move in January. Any potential move would be dependent on Leicester finding a replacement and a ‘Harry Maguire’ style offer.

Jacobs also reports that Manchester united have scouted the player but there has been no significant movement. Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers admitted Tielemans could leave the club and that he has to prepare for life without the midfielder:

He is at an age and at a stage in his contract where he has to ensure he looks at every option. I would love it to be here at Leicester, that is natural, but I understand it’s a very short career.

For players it’s about ambition, the challenge and sometimes it’s about a different environment. We have seen it before many times.

Teams have won the Champions League and the player will move on. That’s the nature of it. For me, I can only worry about keeping improving him as a player, keeping him focused and letting everything else be taken care of.

We have a close relationship, it’s really strong. I made a commitment to him when I first came in that we would improve him as a player and he believes in the environment.

Once the player is committed, focused and professional it’s never a worry for me. With Youri you can see his joy of being here, he loves being here and you have to respect these guys’ careers are short.”